Williamsburg Bridge, Oil on canvas, 45 x 61 cm, 2010
In this exhibition we will be showing new paintings of the british artist Jim Harris, which were produced in New York.
Harris, who lives in New York for several months of the year, where he, like with his collective work concentrates on the peripheral motives. The paintings were entirely realized outside, in front of the motives. He is one of the PleinAir painters, who is inspired by light and colour reflections without the modern standards of photo filters.
We will show large scaled paintings, that are put together by several different panels. There are practical reasons (they are more easily transported) as well as an artistic reason, which is that they allow to move the perspective by looking at every segment individually and with that create a different point of view. With that he refers to a technique already used in chinese painting and was extensively done by the cubists.
For Harris the question of how we see things is as important as the motive itself. The selection of relatively unspectacular constructions or fragments of the urban district navigates the point of view towards the picturesque qualities and the structures of the motives: the grid of an office facade or a bridge construction or the light playing in the fallen leaves.
The panel pictures can maybe even show more extensively than the individual canvases, the dissecting view of the painter and his specific perspective upon urban landscape.
Galerie Martin Mertens
Schleißheimer Straße 26